Many people believe that God limits His miracles to far off peoples and places and rare circumstances—if He still does them at all. Yet, I’ve witnessed miracles happening right before my very eyes, and not just through a telescope lens. I’ve seen them in people’s lives. Meditating on the miracles I’ve seen helps me when I need to be reminded of God’s faithfulness. Telling about them sometimes helps me encourage others to get involved in personal outreach.
I have one little story for you. It involves Jackie, a friend and RTB volunteer. Years ago, she thought my stories of people coming to Christ after just a brief, divinely orchestrated encounter were too good to be true, perhaps a little bit of hype to motivate participation in the outreach visitation Kathy and I led. Jackie had difficulty believing my claims that God sent us to people who actually asked us how to become a Christian. She shook her head at my “outlandish” claims until her husband encouraged her to check them out firsthand. As we hit the streets to follow up visitors to our church, I urged Jackie not to judge too quickly because such miracles didn’t happen every week, usually every three to four weeks.
At the first home we visited, a man studying architecture greeted us at the door. He immediately invited us in, saying he was glad to see us. He wanted to become a Christian, he said, but needed to know how, and he wanted some questions answered about creation. Needless to say, the future architect got his questions answered. He then prayed to receive Christ as his Lord and Savior. Jackie got proof, lost her cynicism, and joined the evangelism team.
If I had space, I could fill pages with such stories, including one about walking past a ferocious, professionally trained guard dog who merely wagged his tail, leading his owner to believe my partner and I were messengers from God. I tell them to show that anyone committed to bring the good news of salvation to others will see miracles.
No doubt many of you could tell stories of your own. Whether or not you and I ever get to write them in a book, we know they are recorded for eternity in God’s annals. Meanwhile, let’s bring them out often enough to remind each other that “our work produced by faith, our labor prompted by love, and our endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” are what make life wonderful.
Sincerely in Christ,